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173 Looking Old-School in Black and White

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I thought it would be fun to look at some pictures of 173 taken over the years, but do it retro-style!  There's really no other point to it, than simple art.  173 in 2018 -

And here's the original owner, Mr. Mosher in what looks to be the 1930s or so:

Mr. and Mrs. Mosher, year (let alone decade) unknown...

No idea who, or when...

And some recent outdoor shots, in no particular order, starting with Cyd:

And the vegetable garden a number of years ago when we tried to wattle it.  Linus broke through in no time!

The back yard.

Side yard, ar least 2015 I suppose.  The oriel hadn't been redone yet.

The shed, looking good in black and white, better than in real life actually.  Two years in a row now I intended to work on the shed - two years in a row I didn't get to it...


I love winter!


Back when I had hair and my goatee didn't blend with the snow!

And every winter I worry about the carport!

Which takes us to Christmas...

Hallways: Yet Another Hallway Detail

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This past spring the hallways and stairwell were redone - finally. But, like most projects, there was still a matter of some details that needed to be completed, and in the case of the hallways it's just a matter of decor.   The end of the upstairs hallway has always been a bit of a decorating challenge, at least for me!


(And no - the cordless drill was not a design element!)  When we first bought 173, there was a full length mirror on that wall with a small fluorescent light above it.  I took both down when we painted it the first time back in about 1999, and when I was re-installing the mirror I tightened one of the wall clips juuust a little too much and - CRACK! - there she went.  It was too bad too, the mirror was an old, heavy model with a nice beveled edge - leave it to me.  Since then, that end of the hallway has essentially been blank.  When the hallway was finished earlier this year, I installed a new sconce...

...which matched the downstairs hall light...

I prattle on…

Ode to the Hemlock at 173

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Thoreau wrote, "The spruce the hemlock and the pine will not countenance despair...surely joy is the condition of life."  Sometimes I'm astounded by the little coincidences that happen around me.  Last week I started reading Faith in a Seed by Henry David Thoreau, which describes his observations of trees and nature around Concord, Massachusetts in the mid-nineteenth century.  If you're a gardener, or just enjoy nature in general, it's a pretty interesting read!  The coincidence here is that this was the weekend that the hemlock tree in the back yard here at 173 was to be removed.  Taking out trees that one planted and watched grow over time is always a very poignant moment - at least for me.  Here's a bit of the back story...

About 12 years ago, the hemlock was planted in the back yard.  The yard needed some evergreens back there because in winter it could get pretty bleak looking out there.  From the very start it was clear that there would come a day when…